No Deadline For Aldon Smith Decision

According to some reports, the NFL is overdue for a determination on Aldon Smith‘s status. It has been said that the NFL has to decide within 60 days on a player’s application for reinstatement after violating the substance abuse policy and it has been more than two months since Smith filed the necessary paperwork. However, there is no deadline for the league to reach a decision on the Raiders linebacker, an NFL spokesman tells Mike Florio of PFTAldon Smith (vertical)

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No. All parties make every effort to be in a position for the league to make a decision within 60 days. Every step of the process must be completed,” the spokesman wrote in an email.

Smith applied for reinstatement 65 days ago, so the league apparently contends that they have made “every effort” to give the situation some closure, but they have yet to tie up all of the loose ends. Ultimately, the two sides may have different interpretations of the substance abuse policy’s Appendix B:

All individuals involved in the process will take steps to enable the Commissioner to render a decision within 60 days of the receipt of the application [for reinstatement].”

The union may read that as a firm 60 day deadline for a decision while the league sees more flexibility in the language. The Raiders are eager to get Smith back on the field, but they may have to wait while a chess match is played out at 345 Park Avenue.

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8 comments on “No Deadline For Aldon Smith Decision

  1. bowserhound

    Suck it Goodell

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  2. Goodell is a ego maniac who believes if it wasn’t for him football wouldn’t exist he needs to go he if. Josh gordan wanted to play he wouldve let him and he is a 10 time offender

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  3. Don’t say you’ll render a decision within 60 days if you don’t intend to render a decision within 60 days. You punish a player for breaking the rules yet you break your very own rule. Smith served his time according to the rules. If your decision is no, say so. Don’t change the goal post mid-game, Goodell.

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  4. Raider X

    Goodell do not want him to play vs kc because he hates the raiders. He is going to let him play after the game. Watch

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    • Randy Murfin

      Yep.
      #Bullshit

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  5. Raider X

    Just adding to my last comment, If smith is not reinstated by the time the game starts, to me thats a intentional foul. a 15 yard penalty, Goodell should be put on the sideline better yet kick his ass out the game. BLOW THE WHISTLE

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  6. Lazer

    This is why everyone wants Goodell out. He abuses his power every chance he gets. He doesn’t like the Raiders which is why he is taking his time with a decision. If it was a Patriots player he would have reinstated them early.

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  7. raider559

    Free Aldon Smith!

    Call Goodell and let him know!
    212-450-2200

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